A miniature house built in an alleyway is up for sale for £200,000 despite its ground floor being the size of a Ford Transit van.

The tiny pad in York, which boasts a full living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, is only three feet wide at its narrowest point.

Its ground floor also measures 180 square feet, while a Ford’s largest Transit van is around the same size.

Any prospective owners must also be aware the house comes with unusual caveats.

The extremely small one-bedroom £200,000 house in York which is built in an alleyway 

The living room area is so small that it has a foldable dining table (above) and stackable chairs

The living room area is so small that it has a foldable dining table (above) and stackable chairs

Ancient laws rule that whoever buys the house will not be able to use it for glass works, a forge smith’s shop or to house a steam engine.

The one-bed is so small it has a foldable dining table and stackable chairs to make best use of the tiny space.

It even has a little courtyard for its new owners to enjoy the sun.

Estate agents Linley and Simpson, who are selling the property, said: ‘A fantastic one bedroom detached property offering a well-proportioned lounge, a separate fitted kitchen and a first floor bathroom.

‘Ideal as a home close to the city, the property would also make an excellent investment opportunity.

‘The internal accommodation begins with a small entrance hallway. The hall leads into the main living space, a lounge bathed in light from a south/west facing window.

Despite the house's size, the York property still features a full kitchen area

Despite the house’s size, the York property still features a full kitchen area

The one bedroom house on Earle Street has ancient laws ranging from - you're not allowed to use the house for glass works, a forge smith's shop or to house a steam engine

The one bedroom house on Earle Street has ancient laws ranging from – you’re not allowed to use the house for glass works, a forge smith’s shop or to house a steam engine

‘The ground floor is completed with a fitted kitchen with a range of wall and base units and a built-in oven and a gas hob.

‘To the first floor is a generous bedroom and finally there is a three piece bathroom. There are also the advantages of gas central heating and double glazing throughout.

‘Outside the property is a small courtyard area to be enjoyed and on-street permit parking is available close by.’

A fully equipped kitchen looks out over a private patio, while there is room for a full bath in the upstairs toilet.

The innovative space is up for sale in York and is built in an alleyway sandwiched between university accommodation and residential areas and just a short walk from the historic city centre.

The average width of the kitchen and upstairs bathroom, whose size narrows through the space, is just 5.6 feet.

The width of the larger lounge is an average of 8.9 feet, with a two seater sofa fitting snugly across the end wall.

There is not too much space for a party down the outdoor courtyard area

There is not too much space for a party down the outdoor courtyard area 

The floor plan, made by Linley & Simpson, looks extremely thin and narrow when laid out flat

The floor plan, made by Linley & Simpson, looks extremely thin and narrow when laid out flat

The outdoor courtyard is the perfect size for two chairs and a table.

A conveyance of the land made between a Richard Martin and Eli Ball in 1899 decreed: ‘No house or building then erected or to be erected on the said piece of land should be use as or for any Glass Works, Pot Manufactory, Forge Smith’s Shop or any noisy noisome or offensive trade or manufacture.

‘And that no Steam Engine should be used should be used in any such house or building nor should any such house or building be used as an Inn or Public House or for the sale of any intoxicating liquors.’

Stephen Ralph laughed: ‘Well that s**** on my plans for a steam powered pub where punters blow their own glasses!’

Paul Horrocks joked: ‘Needs a garage door putting on the end of it… Ah no, it’s narrower than a car!’

Tom Wallace added: ‘Pricey for a two story shed.’

And Leroy Burnley said: ‘£200k for a rabbit hutch.’



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